The art of growing your site traffic can be somewhat difficult to master, and the thought of it alone can be particularly daunting.
There are literally hundreds of strategies out there you can try, but my guess is you don’t have a lot of time to scour through sites and blogs for days on end.
The best way to increase traffic to your site is to use easy to implement SEO strategies, like adding more web pages, for example. Let’s take a deeper look at what you can do to achieve a higher number of website traffic:
More Web Pages
Adding more web pages to your site means in theory you’ll get more traffic, because the pages will trigger more search terms and you’ll be visible for more search queries. Each page you add should be unique, relevant and high quality in order for it to be effective.
High Quality Content
High quality content is an essential SEO strategy if you want to get more traffic to your site. However, research suggests that the pages that commonly rank on page one of Google aren’t only high quality, but have a high word count too – approximately 2000 words or more. This means you must focus on producing high quality, in depth content that will still be readable years from now.
A Consistent Writing Schedule
Quantity isn’t the goal here; quality is, as mentioned before. However, it will benefit you to set up a consistent writing schedule and stick to it. The more your practice writing great posts, the better you’ll get at it.
Don’t worry about what you write at first either; as the saying goes, ‘write drunk, edit sober’. This allows you to get all of your thoughts down on the page and then go back and make it perfect later on. If you can commit to writing just 2 posts per week, that will be a great help in increasing your traffic!
Don’t think that the only way to get more traffic is to write quality content for your own sites – try guest blogging on the most authority sites you can muster to gain even more fans/followers/sharers. If you can network with bloggers relevant in your industry and get the chance to write a guest blog for them, you’ll be exposed to all of their traffic. The other blogger may even write a post for your site, which can benefit you both!
Commenting on Blog Posts
Commenting on blog posts with something useful, e.g a solution to a problem or another insight into the subject, can help you to become more well known and get you more clicks. Many people post generic comments or similar comments on lots of blog posts, but it’s much more effective to write a targeted comment mentioning something specific about the post.
More Targeted Keyword Research
Keywords are extremely valuable when it comes to SEO and getting more traffic, so you need to work out how relevant your web pages are to a user searching for those keywords. Although somebody selling shoes might want to use the more generic term ‘shoes’, it’s very competitive, expensive, and won’t be the best option for increasing your traffic. Instead, you need to make your keywords more targeted, for example; ‘cheap womens shoes’ or ‘handmade leather shoes’.
A Responsive Web Design
A responsive web design will increase your traffic vastly; there’s no doubt about it. More people are opting to use mobiles and tablets over desktops nowadays, so of course it makes sense to ensure your visitors are going to be able to view your site and have a great experience while there, no matter what device they come in on.
Unique Infographic Designs
Infographics are an effective form of content marketing, but to bring them into the 21st century you need to make sure that you have a truly unique design that’s amazing to look at. Although a regular infographic will help you to get more traffic and backlinks, one with an outstanding design will increase them so much more. Get creative with your designs; why not see if you can make the graphics move? You could even have a designer create an attractive 3D infographic, which is worth it even if it is pricy!
Fast Loading Times
The speed your website loads can have a serious effect on your rankings. Google actually found that when they listed slow sites toward the top of the listing pages, people had a poor user experience and decreased their use of Google as a result! Just a tenth of a second can matter in this situation, as Amazon found out when they lost 1% of their revenue after their site slowed down – image how much that is for a billion dollar company?
Create Social Media Accounts
If you haven’t already got social media accounts on some of the most popular platforms, you’re missing out. On Facebook and Twitter, there are approximately 1.3 billion users – imagine the amount of people that could be sharing your posts/liking your page/interacting with you! There are also platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
The best thing to do is work out where your target audience are most likely to be, and focus on those platforms. Post content regularly like you would your blog, and try to interact with your audience as much as possible by asking questions and replying to comments in a timely manner.
Remember, social media shouldn’t just be considered another way to promote yourself, it should be a place people can get to know your brand and interact with you, keeping you in the forefront of their minds by default. You can do things like host a question and answer session on Twitter, and run competitions for likes and shares on Facebook.
Don’t forget to include social media integration on your website either! The above strategies will help you to see a notable increase in your traffic providing you’re consistent and focus on quality. A great user experience will always keep visitors coming back for more!